Sound artist Mika Björklund's latest project is a journey by evocation to the abandoned island city of Gunkanjima, which for a while during the 20th Century contained a heavily populated mining settlement. This desolate place still has its apartment towers, factories, schools and other building intact but crumbling.
Through drones, musique concrete and other idioms of electronic music, Mika guides us through its resonant passageways.
Previous releases by Mika Björklund on Webbed Hand Records includes Risen (wh066) and Nocturne (wh054).
Recorded and Produced by Mika Björklund, 2005.
01 Birds in Fog 02 City of Dust 03 Skeletal Structures 04 Still 05 Sound of Solitude 06 Departure
cover art by C.P. McDill
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February 14, 2009 Subject:
Dark side of ambient at it´s best
This is remarkably good record even in it´s own genre. Dark, gloomy, creepy. Highly recommended for the fans of darker side of ambient and musique concrete. The reason why I did not give this 5 stars is that I rarely can listen to whole record from start to finish. But in two parts it is an enjoyable listen.
February 4, 2008 Subject:
i totally agree with stephenddr, i put this on while mucking about with Google Earth for the first time and was completely zoned out. interestingly, the reason i downloaded Google Earth was to locate Gunkanjima, and i saw Mika Bjorklund's name on the wikipedia page which subsequently led me here.. very appropriate background music indeed
November 19, 2005 Subject:
Cold and Dark
The first 3 tracks are great dark ambient. Eerie, cold, dark, and evocative. However, I did not find that the last 3 tracks were nearly as strong and interesting as the first half. The score of 4 is a 5 for the 1st half and 3 for the second half.
November 14, 2005 Subject:
Mika Björklunds bisher bestes Werk
Mika Björklund ist mir bereits durch seine früheren Veröffentlichungen positiv aufgefallen. An diese anknüpfend erwartet einen auf Gunkanjima finsteres Ambient, das stellenweise an Schloss Tegal erinnern läßt. Die sechs sehr minimalistischen Titel haben mit einer Spieldauer von neun bis achtzehn Minuten eine äußerst angenehme Länge und übertreffen in der Qualität Björklunds bisherigen Werke. Besonders mit guten Kopfhörern bei großer Lautstärke gefallen mir die tösenden, lärmenden und rauschenden Klänge. Zu hoffen ist, daß Björklund diesen Weg beibehält.
October 10, 2005 Subject:
Outer space bliss
I was listening to this the other night on headphones while looking at some NASA photos. I got totally lost in the experience. This is excellent deep space music for your virtual sci-fi fantasy! Nice.
October 3, 2005 Subject:
Deep Drone effect!
Dust, ashes, ruins and desperate solitude in this release. Alone in a island of sad. I feel Kammhareit and Svartissin style!
September 28, 2005 Subject:
Deep drones, washes of sound-- there is a certain minimalism here, yet interesting sounds are always peeping out from around a corner. Altogether very evocative, and an excellent listen!